I had several methods of making them I researched but finally decided on staying tried and true and minimize unsecured bias by going the easy angle way and use Bonnie Hunter's vid here.
So with rotary cutter carefully in hand I cut ONE flying goose...
|Lay them all out as they will go .. pairs are left together from when they were cut together :)|
|Chain piece the left "sky" to the "goose"... mine are cute snails :)|
|After all left skies are in place put them back in order as you free them from the chain... only do about 4 at a time :)|
|Get your right sky ready now... time to add it... First finger press the let sky back though.. VERY IMPORTANT!|
|When putting the right sky on make sure your overlap is there. I will show you why to watch this below!|
|Tahdah! A flying goose!!! Finger press before ironing and make sure they measure up though :)|
|Now press all those 4 flying geese. I prefer no steam when piecing.|
When I add this flying goose to my other geese... look what I got!
Another pitfall I found with this block is that careful cutting and figuring is required as well as very careful sewing... I resewed quite a bit to get the results I did. Piecing just doesn't come naturally for me yet..but I am working on it.
A huge shout out to my friend Wendy! She helped me perfect my goose making skills :)
Here was my problem area.. The top center did not overlap well on all of my initial flying geese... I had to go back and resew many... so don't cut those pesky dog ears off until your goose is cooked! lol Other words... make sure it is right first.. you can't take back cut fabric.
Now it is your turn.. what method do you use for making flying geese. Do you like this unit or is it one you would pass on ? I have several quilting friends that love them and several that avoid them... lol!
I also enjoyed spending the day with my honey for his BIRTHDAY! We celebrated properly when Connie was here... and he got a new woodworking tool he wanted.. but his fave gift was all the well wishes he got and this cute truck we found on eBay and we got for him...
Hope to hear back from you on what you think of flying geese! Love em or hate em I think mine turned out cute as can be!